19 February, 2016

Protect Coxs River from Centennials Springvale Coal Mine, Lidsdale

Regional_banner.pngDear Mary,
We are in Court right now trying to make a difference for your environment, but we really need your help.
Late in 2015, a new 13 year extension to Centennial Coal’s Springvale underground coal mine was approved by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission. Every day, this mine will discharge up to 19 million litres of mine water into the beautiful Cox’s River. This river runs through the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and flows into Lake Burragorang – Sydney’s major source of drinking water.
On behalf of our client, 4nature, we have launched a landmark legal challengein the Court to hold this mine to account.
19 million litres of mine water a day is 7 billion litres a year – that’s over 2,700 Olympic size swimming pools released into our river system every year.While it is hard to fathom how this could have been approved – it has, and 4nature has turned to us for help.

As public interest environmental lawyers we say the approval for this mine is wrong.

The State’s laws require decision-makers to refuse developments in Sydney’s drinking water catchment unless they are going to have a neutral or beneficial effect on water quality.
For the first time in legal history we are asking the Court to decide what these laws really mean for the protection of Sydney's drinking water catchment.
“The law requiring a 'neutral or beneficial effect' on water quality cannot possibly allow a mine to discharge so much polluted water into our drinking water catchments. The water is extremely saline, high in nutrients and contains heavy metals. This is harmful to aquatic life and degrades Sydney's drinking water. Without EDO NSW we simply wouldn't have been able to get this matter before the Court,” 4nature president Andrew Cox.
We are your public interest environmental lawyers. We've been working with you on important issues for 30 years. As the new CEO of EDO NSW I’m excited to be leading us into our next decade as we continue to defend the environment and advance the law.
This case is just one of the many things we are doing right now to protect the environment through law. Mary, we really need your help so we can continue to run cases like these and deliver the best possible public interest legal service to the community. Please make a donation today. 
Thank you.
Sue Higginson
CEO/Principal Solicitor
P.S. Time and time again EDO NSW is the only option for community groups concerned about important matters of environmental law. It’s essential that we have the resources to help groups like 4nature stand up for the environment. Please stand with us.

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